Statement from Helen Clark on the death of Nelson Mandela

06 Dec 2013

It was with great personal sadness that I learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela today.

Nelson Mandela was an extraordinary man who represented for many around the world the ideals of freedom, peace, and justice.

Like many of my generation, I was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s vision for a democratic South Africa. Dismantling the apartheid system and building a South Africa in which all enjoyed equal rights of citizenship was the cause to which Mr. Mandela devoted his life. The inspiration and spirit of solidarity generated by Nelson Mandela and the movement he led were never limited by national boundaries.

Nelson Mandela’s words and deeds will continue to inspire those who wish to advance human dignity and fight injustice. That too will be the enduring legacy of this great man who dedicated his life to the cause of a better life for others. I count myself fortunate to have been among those privileged to meet Mr. Mandela and to have heard personally his vision for his country and its people. May Nelson Mandela rest in peace.